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Fully certified cocoa ‘a prerequisite for doing business in chocolate’, Cloetta tells SMEs

Smaller confectioners must purchase third party certified cocoa to improve the supply in West Africa; own programs will lack credibility, says Cloetta

Buying certified cocoa only from third party organizations such as UTZ Certified is now an essential part of doing business for all chocolate companies, not just the big ones, says Scandinavian confectioner Cloetta.

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Confectioners rally against traffic light label proposals in France

Europe’s confectionery association Caobisco has backed French chocolatiers in blocking proposals for traffic light labels on food products in France.

Cocoa could mitigate effects of high fat diet, but is it too soon to draw links with chocolate?

Research on mice has added to a growing body of evidence that cocoa improves metabolism, but it is too soon to suggest that chocolate fights obesity, according to the lead researcher.

Cargill and Copersucar finalise new joint sugar venture

Cargill and Copersucar have successfully completed all required regulatory clearances to form Alvean, their new 50/50 sugar trading joint venture.

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Aflatoxin testing method removes need for organic solvents from FoodQualityNews.com

Vicam has introduced a method for detecting aflatoxins in grains without organic solvents such as methanol.

Deal will increase Sonoco's net sales in Europe to 21% of total sales

Sonoco to acquire Weidenhammer Packaging Group for $383m from FoodProductionDaily.com

Sonoco has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Weidenhammer Packaging Group for €286m ($383m) in cash.

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Nestlé recall due to package mislabelling from FoodQualityNews.com

Nestlé is recalling some Lean Cuisine Culinary Collection Chicken with Peanut Sauce because it may contain undeclared shrimp.

MSU professor to battle viral food pathogens from FoodQualityNews.com

Next generation genomic tools are being used in a project to reduce foodborne outbreaks associated with fresh produce.

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Polish confectionery exports blossom

Polish confectionery exports blossom and should continue without Russia: KPMG

Export value of the Polish confectionery market almost doubled in the last five years and shouldn’t stop...

Barry Callebaut Chile factory opens

Barry Callebaut opens Chilean factory to source Arcor

Barry Callebaut has opened its first plant in Chile to source Latin American confectioners Arcor and other...

Pet-care division head chosen to lead Mars Chocolate
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Pet-care division head chosen to lead Mars Chocolate

Mars has appointed the boss of its Royal Canin unit Jean-Christophe Flatin to lead its global chocolate...

Cambridge University heat tolerant chocolate project: The details

Cambridge University and mystery industry backer to explore heat tolerant chocolate

Scientists at the University of Cambridge are to research how to keep chocolate from melting in hot,...

Lindt H1 results driven by North America

North America shores up Lindt performance in H1

Lindt & Sprüngli has reported sales and net profit gains in the first half of 2014 driven...

Mars opens M&M’s World in China
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Shanghai M&M’s World ‘the next stage’ for Chinese brand building, says Mars

Mars has opened an M&M’s retail store in Shanghai, which it hopes will lift brand loyalty in...

Colombia plans to replant high-quality Fino de Aroma cocoa

Premium chocolatiers take note: Colombia to renew high-quality cocoa plantations

Higher cocoa prices in the international market could kick-start Colombia’s plans to replant up to 80,000 ha...

Soaring hazelnut prices heap pressure on confectioners

Soaring hazelnut prices heap pressure on confectioners

Rising hazelnut prices are putting further pressure on confectionery manufacturers, who are already contending with mounting cocoa...

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